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Toyota Corolla, Sedan
#3486 of 4027 Corolla vs Echo.
Nov 13, 2004 (4:17 pm)
At this time I'm trying to decide on a used certified Toyota Echo 2001, with 31K miles on it going for about $10K, which is the color I want and almost all the options, but power nothing; and a used 2003 Corolla, Black (not really the color I'm looking for), going for $11,500, with 42000 miles on it. The Corolla seems to be a better car overall with slightly worst fuel economy, but makes up for it with more "bells and whistles" Any comments?
#3487 of 4027 Re: Corolla vs Echo. [deanc2000]
Nov 13, 2004 (8:01 pm)
Don't buy either. Look for a Corolla in the colour you do want. It's not like they are rare.
#3488 of 4027 But to answer the question directly...
Nov 14, 2004 (6:43 am)
...if you can afford the difference, there is no question in my mind that the Corolla is the better choice.
As noted above, in a competitive urban market, you should be able to find '03 Corollas all day long in any color you want, at around this price. However, this is always a problem with asking buying advice - like politics, all car pricing is local.
#3489 of 4027 Re: Break In Period [modestmouse]
Nov 14, 2004 (6:14 pm)
Sorry--I haven't been online much these past few weeks. I haven't tested the universal ones myself, but this is only what I've been reading on these forums. It seems that the universal ones would damage your paint and/or finish because of the wind catching under the hood and would act as a "whip" on your car. Custom fit covers won't do that, or not as much perhaps.
As for car waxign solutions, I would suggest looking right on Edmunds.com. We have experts here that will tell you all that you need to know about what to do and the opposite.
#3490 of 4027 to JBL or not?
Nov 15, 2004 (10:22 am)
My friend wants to buy a new Corolla, but I have the feeling that he's not going to find one to his liking in the Chicago area (for one thing, he wants a manual transmission, probably the biggest strike). Since Toyota basically makes it impossible to order a Corolla outright, I realize he's going to be stuck with a limited number of choices of cars on the lot. That being the case, I was wondering if anyone here has an opinion on the standard stereo versus the optional 6-speaker versus the JBL? Is either optional stereo worth the money? Thanks!
#3491 of 4027 Re: to JBL or not? [ghulet]
Nov 16, 2004 (7:24 am)
I ordered mine with no problems. Dealer said it would take 3 months, and they were right! I am sure that many dealers try to make it impossible to order, because they do not get the sale as quick as they would normally.
Nov 16, 2004 (5:23 pm)
....why did you special order (what did you get)? My friend wants a phantom gray manual LE (or possibly 'S'), with seven options (FE, MR, AB, VV, CF, CK, CI), which seems pretty hard to find. I found exactly one manual LE in the whole Chicago area (and it was the right color), but it had no options whatsoever. We might have to settle if we can't order and get the car in a reasonable amount of time (not three months, I hope).
Nov 16, 2004 (5:52 pm)
I ordered mine no problem. Dealer said that it would take 8-10 weeks. I'm due to get it in mid December. There was no problem ordering, in fact my dealer suggested it as the options I wanted were not a typical "package" of options that Toyota typically puts on a Corolla.
I will say that the order was not a typical "car order." What they do is they take a car already in the production line and sort of change the specs of it. You're still getting a new car, of course, but instead of putting a new order in the construction line, they changed one that was already there, if that makes any sense. My dealer was very willing. I would check other dealers if they said all you can have is whats on the lot. I mean its not a Honda dealer!
Hope that helps:
I would say too that Manual in a Corolla with anything is hard to find, especially in this class.
#3494 of 4027 Re: so... [ghulet]
Nov 17, 2004 (6:49 am)
I wanted an LE manual transmission with ABS, alloys, rocker panels, spoiler. This is a 1999, and the dealer found out that it would take approximately 3 months to get the car exactly the way I wanted it. The only thing is that they wanted a $1,000 deposit, because it would be really tough to sell this car if I backed out. I had no problem with doing that. Almost 3 months to the day later, I got it.
I was just at the Toyota dealer a month ago picking up some parts and getting my brake fluid flushed, and the service guy said he had never seen a Corolla equipped like mine. 70,000 miles, still perfect, zero problems.
#3495 of 4027 First fill up
Nov 23, 2004 (5:28 pm)
on the Corolla. It turned in 30.3 MPG. NOt bad considering it hasn't broken in yet.